Silverado in horrific crash was made in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne connection to Oregon crash

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- A story out of Oregon is hitting close to home here in Fort Wayne.

Kaleb Whitby was driving along I-84 in Oregon Saturday morning. The fog was thick and the roads were icy at the time. That led to a massive pileup involving dozens of vehicles.

Whitby’s 2008 Chevy Silverado pickup ended up literally crunched between two semis. But when rescuers pulled him out, Kaleb only needed a few Band-Aids.

“When I realized what had happened, I looked out my back passenger window and I could see lights coming at me and so… all I could do was pray and close my eyes and hold on tight to the steering wheel,” said Whitby.

As it turned out, that pickup came from Allen County’s General Motors plant. Leaders at the plant said everyone there couldn’t be more proud.

“We’ve known for years, as has the industry, that our trucks are wonderful,” said Stephanie Jentgen of the GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant. “As a matter of fact, that 2008 Silverado that he was driving was part of the ‘Best in Segment’ by JD Power that year and it was also recommended by Consumer Reports, so we know we build a great truck and we’re just really grateful that it helped this gentlemen walk away practically unscathed.”

After people helped Whitby out of his truck, he spent the next couple hours helping other people involved in the pileup.

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